A new triennial international violin competition has been announced, to take place in Singapore from 10-21 January 2015.
The Singapore International Violin Competition will be held at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. It has been launched with the aim of ‘promoting the rise of Singapore as a culturally vibrant city’, backed by a total prize fund of $118,000 (£69,500) with a $50,000 (£29,450) first prize.
‘This triennial competition will serve as a showcase for aspiring professional violinists from around the world against the backdrop of Singapore’s world-class performance venues, its national orchestra and its internationally renowned music conservatory,’ said a statement.
The competition also promises ‘significant international professional engagements and exposure for the finalists to several of the world’s most established artist agencies’, and hopes to be ‘one of the most globally distinctive of its kind’.
It will take place over four stages, leading to a grand final of three players, and is open to violinists aged 17-30. Applications open on 1 July and close on 30 September.
Chair of the jury will be Qian Zhou, head of strings at the conservatoire.
The competition will be the focus of a ‘Festival of Strings’, organisers said, with outreach events across Singapore. The Rin Collection of string instruments form the last four centuries will be on display at the conservatoire throughout the event.